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| Basic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please specify “store pickup” or “ship it” in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.
2006 Puligny-Montrachet Domaine Xavier Monnot
Xavier Monnot is a relatively young man, but he is a vigneron with an old soul. His work in his vineyards, his choice of clones, his pruning techniques, de-budding, how he chooses to re-plant, and the very limited influence of new oak on his wines, all are examples of his commitment to the land and to the sincerity of his wines. Xavier likes to call it “the message of terroir”, as he is a firm believer in letting the vineyard do the talking. For his 2006 Puligny-Montrachet, Monnot sourced his fruit from 60 year old vines grown in the vicinity of the Premier Cru Refertsvineyard. 2006 was a ripe vintage, and this wine shows opulent fruit aromas; yet on the palate it has a medium body with stony fruit buoyed by fresh acidity and a mineral verve. The finish is persistent, marked with depth and complexity. It is definitely a wine with fine pedigree that is ready to drink now or can be cellared another 4-8 years.
2009 Volnay “Carelle sous la Chapelle” Paul Pernot
Veteran Taste of Burgundy subscribers are beyond acquainted with Paul Pernot and his dazzling array of White Burgundies. We have received a multitude of requests for more of Pernot’s wines to be included in the sampler, but rules are rules. Well, here’s a tidbit of information you might like to hear: Mr. Pernot has some Pinot Noir holdings as well. If that’s not enough, we got our hands on some of Pernot’s single vineyard Volnay from the much lauded 2009 vintage! The Carelle sous la Chapelle vineyard is Premier Cru, though a few rows of Pernot’s vines lie just outside the border. We reiterate that 2009 was an outstanding vintage for Red Burgundy. The wines are precociously expressive, have great weight, and, according to Pernot, “will age better than people presently think.” This Volnay is a perfect example of aromatic elegance. According to Burghound’s Allen Meadows: “pretty red berry fruit and mineral notes leading to supple, lacy and admirably pure light to medium weight flavors … picture perfect Volnay in character.” – Peter Zavialoff